Vincent Duncan vs. James Duncan
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Answer I have

BenjaminBenjamin Pretchele being of lawfull age and first duly
sworn deposeth and sayeth,that

Question by deft. Did or did you not have a conversation with VincentVincent the
reputed plaintiff in this case and did he not tell you in that
conversation that he had rented furnaces. and carried on business
witness himself previous to the year 1825Answer he did
John DuncanJohn Duncan being of lawful age and first duly sworn
deposeth & sayeth

Question by deft. Do or do you not know that VincentVincent the disputed plaintiff
is and was a slave one of the number belonging to the estate of
JesseJesse Duncan DuncanJesse Duncan decd, the father of the deft James DuncanJames Duncan

Answer. he was

Question by Same Do or do you not know that he was hired at the
SalineSaline Salt Works in IllinoisIllinois and then run about and done
as he pleased. & that the deft, James DuncanJames Duncan never one
years him for him during his stay there nor any other person for
him Ans. I do.

Question by Same did or did not VincentVincent after he was some time at the
SalineSaline be come disobdent and refuse to return to the service
of James DuncanJames Duncan his master. Ans. he did

Question by Same Is or is not James DuncanJames Duncan the the deft the son of
Jesse DuncanJesse Duncan deceased. Ans. he is

Question by Same Did or did you not bring VincentVincent the plaintiff from
the SalineSaline lick in 1825[ Answe ] I did

Question by Same Did or did you not put VincentVincent in the possession of
James DuncanJames Duncan in February 1826. to sell him or did pose of
as the deft. James DuncanJames Duncan thought proper. Ans I did.

Question by Same Did or did you not hereVincentVincent the plaintiff in this case
say that JamesJames Ducan the deft. and HarryHarry Klause caught him
in the SalineSaline boundry to bring him home but he prevailed
with them to let him stay a few days until he could collecthis
money and he would come home and did he not fail in so
doing Answer I did hear him say so and that he did in face
come home.

Colomen DuncanDuncan being of lawful age and first duly sworn
deposeth and sayeth

Question Deft. Do you or do you not knew that VincentVincent the disputed
plaintiff is and was a slave one of the number belonging to the
estate of JesseJesse Duncan DuncanJesse Duncan decd. the father of the defendant

Answer He was.

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Question by Same Do you or do you not know that he was hired at the
SalineSaline works in IllinoisIllinois. Answer he was:

Question by Same Did or did not VincentVincent after he was some time at the [ Salin ]
become disobedient and refuse to return to the services of his
master James DuncanJames Duncan answer I know the negro was there
and they could not get him away.

Question by Same Is or is not James DuncanJames Duncan the deft. the son of the decd.
JesseJesse Duncan DuncanJesse Duncan ? Ans he is.

Question by Same Did or did not you know that John DuncanJohn Duncan brought
VincentVincent the plaintiff from the Saline Lick in 1825 Ans. he did.

Question by Same Did or did you not know that John DuncanJohn Duncan put
VincentVincent the plaintiff into the possession of James DuncanJames Duncan in
1826 to him or disposed of as he thought proper. Ans. he did

The being closed to contended by
Defendant because

The plaintiff also read in the parts of
the 6th Article of the Constitution of IllinoisIllinois
which is in the following words,

Section 1st Neither Slavery nor involuntary

servitude shall hereafter be introduced into this state,
otherwise than for the punshiment of crimes, whereof
the party shall have been duly convicted, nor shall
any male person, arived at the age of twenty one years,
nor female person, drived at the age of eighteen years,
be held to serve any person as a servant, under any
indenture hereafter made, unless such person shall enter
into such indenture while in a state of perfect freedom
and on condition of a... bonafide consideration recei
ved or to be received for this services, for shall any
indenture of any negro or mulatto hereafter made and executed
out of then stated, or if in this state, where the term of service
exceeds one year, be of the least validity, except those
given in cases of apprenticeship.

Section D. No person bound to labour in any other
State shall be hired to labour in this state, except within
the trad reserved, for the Salt Works near Shawnee town